Last year at about this time, I was ready to let my 10 Questions For feature die. It had been fun, but with a new job and all the other responsibilities in my life, I really didn’t have time to hunt down authors and think up questions.
But, then Ted came to town. (And I should have gotten a picture. *sigh*)
My boss at the store asked me to bring my daughters to the event, and Ted even tweeted me about it, so I figured why not. And I was SO glad we did. It was a fabulous night; he’s an interesting, engaging man, and completely won both me and my girls over. I knew I had to share his fabulousness with you all.
Which brings me to my eating crow moment: both M and C read Cold Fury, and they both LOVED it. So, I was wrong. I’m not too proud to admit it.
Following the interview is a contest: a giveaway for the ARC of the next in the series,Flicker & Burn. I’ll leave the contest open until the 21st.
MF: I’ve been wondering this: how on earth do you pronounce your last name?
TG: Ha! The question I get most often! It’s T-e-d, just like it sounds…kidding…Goeglein is pronounced Gahg-line. That the best I can do.
MF: How did you come up with the idea for Sarah Jane’s story?
TG: It was a combination of many factors, but the main one was just living in Chicago and being always aware that the Outfit was out there, operating in the shadows. It’s such a male-centric organization, I just thought it would be cool to see what happened when a smart, tough, determined young woman infiltrated it.
MF: But, if you’re Greek, and the Outfit is mostly Greek, why did you decide to make Sarah Jane Italian?
TG: The Outfit is an equal opportunity crime organization (except for the inclusion of women, until Sara Jane) – all ethnicities are welcome as, long as they make money. But historically, people of Italian ancestry populated the top strata of the Outfit.
MF: Did you run into any obstacles writing a story where the female main character acts in a less-than-“girly” way?TG: Absolutely. There were people (unnamed) reading the book during the writing process who kept wondering when a man was going to step in and save Sara Jane. Um, like… never.
MF: And my girls, at least, appreciated that! My main issue with the book was the huge backstory at the beginning. Why did you choose to write it that way?TG: I looked at the trilogy as one long story, of course, and felt that for readers of a certain age, the mechanisms of organized crime needed to be explained upfront so that when the plot began to fully unfold, they could put it all in context. So far, the feedback from young readers is that they enjoy the backstory since by and large, they have little conception of how organized crime began or what it is now.
MF: And you were right: both my girls who read the book appreciated knowing the backstory, and weren’t bored by it at all! I know this is an unfair question, but do you have a favorite character or scene?TG: Oh yeah…Sara Jane, and every scene where she kicks the ass of a bad guy who really, really deserves it.
MF: You were a script doctor before turning to novels. Why did you decide to make the switch? How is writing novels different from script writing? (Or is it?)TG: Script doctoring is fun and exciting, but it’s also piecemeal work, sort of like contributing to the construction of a Frankenstein monster…you get to work on the ears and a thumb, but the entire creation is never yours. Writing novels is different in the sense that the whole monster is yours!
MF: Did you set out to write for a YA audience, or did it “just” happen?
TG: Definitely a ‘happen,’ and I couldn’t be more pleased since young readers are the smartest and most discerning group of people to pick up a book. They tell you exactly what they love, hate, and why.
MF: What’s the best book you’ve read? (Most recently, or all-time. Your choice.)
TG: Have you ever heard of a little gem called Cold Fury? Seriously, for me, it always circles back to Catcher in the Rye for YA. I also loved Cloud Atlas…I gave it everyone I know. For short stories, I love Katherine Anne Porter.
MF: If you don’t mind telling us, what are you working on next?
TG: I just completed the third Cold Fury novel and am moving on to an idea I have for a new trilogy about…something I can’t tell you! Sorry…certain people would kill me!
AND now for the contest (sponsored by Putnam; open to US residents only):
A super special, two-for-one cover reveal…Cold Fury, by T.M. Goeglein, has been redesigned, as well as the second installment in the Cold Fury trilogy…Flicker & Burn!
Cold Fury in paperback will be released in June 2013…and Flicker & Burn comes roaring onto the scene in August 2013!
The thrill ride that began in Cold Fury kicks into high gear in Flicker & Burn, as the threats to Sara Jane Rispoli come at her from all directions. She continues the desperate search for her missing family, but this time she’s on the run from creepy beings with red, pulsing eyes and ghostly white skin chasing her through the streets of Chicago in black ice cream trucks – they can only be described as Ice Cream Creatures. They’re skeletal and ferocious, hell-bent on catching or killing her, but also a weird link to her family, a clue to where they might be and who has them.
While Sara Jane battles these new pursuers, she learns painful lessons about the phenomenon that possesses her, cold fury. At the same time, she’s uncovering buried secrets about the misdeeds of her family – old murders and blood vendettas – that might be connected to the disappearance of her mom, dad, and brother. The mysteries, violence, and constant state of chasing or being chased could be the undoing of her relationship with handsome Max Kissberg. Despite the love growing between them, Sara Jane can’t tell him the truth about her life, and fears for his safety.
Not only do the Ice Cream Creatures display the grisly amputated finger of her mom to prove their viciousness, and not only does Lucky, the Outfit Boss of Bosses, whistle in Sara Jane for a sit-down with deadly consequences, but her gorgeous cousin, Heather Richards, enters the scene, as well. All that matters to Sara Jane is saving her family and keeping everyone she loves alive and safe. But the forces she encounters, both external and the ones crackling inside of her, fight her every step of the way.
Now’s your chance…win an ARC of Flicker & Burn as soon as it’s available!